Spreading The Malaise
Hope and worse change:
Forty-two percent of Americans said they're worse off financially than they were last year, compared to 35 percent who feel they're better off. Twenty-two percent of respondents said their financial situation has stayed the same.I guess it's good to be optimistic...
Those who believe they're worse off rose from 39 percent one year ago.
But 55 percent of Americans believe they'll be better off next year, an outlook consistent with past polls, Gallup said.
"Despite a sustained, if sluggish, economic recovery that has lasted nearly five years, most Americans report being no better off financially than they were a year ago," Gallup concluded. "As previous years show, Americans are typically more positive about their future compared with their assessments of the past, a testament to the enduring sense of optimism many Americans share about their financial future."